GMAT 2

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articulate

(v.; adj.) expressed with clarity; skillful with words

artifice

(n.) skill in a craft

ascetic

(n.; adj.) one who leads a simple life of self-denial; rigorously

aseptic

(adj.) germ free

askance

(adv.) a sideways glance of disapproval

asperity

(n.) harshness

aspersion

(n.) slanderous statement; a damaging or derogatory criticism

aspirant

(n.) a person who goes after high goals

assay

(v.) to determine the quality of a substance.

assiduous

(adj.) carefully attentive; industrious

assuage

(v.) to relieve; ease; make less severe

astringent

(n.; adj.) a substance that contracts bodily tissues; causing contraction;

atrophy

(v.; n.) to waste away, as from lack of use; to wither; failure to grow

attenuate

(v.) to thin out; to weaken

atypical

(adj.) something that is abnormal

audacious

(adj.) fearless; bold

august

(adj.) to be imposing or magnificent

auspicious

(adj.) being of a good omen; successful

austere

(adj.) having a stern look; having strict self-discipline

authentic

(adj.) real; genuine; trustworthy

authoritarian

(n.; adj.) acting as a dictator; demanding obedience

autocracy

(n.) an absolute monarchy; government where one person holds

autocrat

(n.) an absolute ruler

avarice

(n.) inordinate desire for gaining and possessing wealth

aver

(v.) to affirm as true

awry

(adj; adv.) crooked(ly); uneven(ly); wrong; askew

azure

(adj.) the clear blue color of the sky

baleful

(adj.) harmful, malign, detrimental

banal

(adj.) trite; without freshness or originality

baneful

(adj.) deadly or causing distress, death

baroque

(adj.) extravagant; ornate; embellished

bastion

(n.) a fortified place or strong defense

batten

(v.) to gain

bauble

(n.) a showy yet useless thing

beget

(v.) to bring into being

beholden

(adj.) indebted to

behoove

(v.) to be advantageous; to be necessary

bellicose

(adj.) quarrelsome; warlike

bemuse

(v.) to preoccupy in thought

beneficent

(adj.) conferring benefits; kindly; doing good

benign

(adj.) mild; harmless

berate

(v.) scold; reprove; reproach; criticize

bereft

(v.; adj.) to be deprived of; to be in a sad manner; hurt by someone's death

beseech

(v.) to ask earnestly

besmirch

(v.) to dirty or discolor

bestial

(adj.) having the qualities of a beast; brutal

betroth

(v.) to promise or pledge in marriage

biennial

(adj.; n.) happening every two years; a plant which blooms every two years

bilateral

(adj.) pertaining to or affecting both sides or two sides; having two sides

blasphemous

(adj.) irreligious; away from acceptable standards; speaking ill of using

blatant

(adj.) obvious; unmistakable; crude; vulgar

blighted

(adj.) causing frustration or destruction

blithe

(adj.) happy; cheery; merry; a cheerful

bode

(v.) to foretell something

bombast

(n.) pompous speech; pretentious words

bombastic

(adj.) pompous; wordy; turgid

boor

(n.) a rude person

breadth

(n.) the distance from one side to another

brevity

(n.) briefness; shortness

brindled

(adj.) mixed with a darker color

broach

(v.) to introduce into conversation

brusque

(adj.) abrupt in manner or speech

bucolic

(adj.) having to do with shepherds or the country

bumptious

(adj.) arrogant

bungler

(n.) a clumsy person

burgeon

(v.) to grow or develop quickly

burlesque

(v.; n.) to imitate in a non-serious manner; a comical imitation

burly

(adj.) strong; bulky; stocky

burnish

(v.) to polish by rubbing

cabal

(n.) a group of persons joined by a secret

cache

(n.) stockpile; store; heap; hiding place for goods

cacophonous

(adj.) sounding jarring

cacophony

(n.) a harsh, inharmonious collection of sounds; dissonance

cajole

(v.) to coax with insincere talk

calamity

(n.) disaster

callow

(adj.) being young or immature

caliber

(n.) quality

calumny

(n.) slander

canard

(n.) a false statement or rumor

cant

(n.) insincere or hypocritical statements of high ideals; the jargon of a particular group or occupations

caprice

(n.) a sudden, unpredictable or whimsical change

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